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NASA’s Orion recovery team is certified for Artemis 1

10 Nov 2021, 17:00 UTC
NASA’s Orion recovery team is certified for Artemis 1
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NASA and Department of Defense teams practice the recovery of a mock Orion capsule in the Pacific Ocean. Credit: NASA/Frank Michaux
NASA’s Landing and Recovery team recently completed its ninth recovery test at sea and is certified to recover the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 mission next year.
According to NASA, a weeklong test in early November 2021 in the Pacific Ocean aboard the USS John P. Murtha was performed by NASA and Department of Defense teams in order to ensure they are ready to recover the Orion capsule following its splashdown at the conclusion of its roughly month-long uncrewed test flight.
Artemis 1 is currently expected to launch atop the inaugural flight of the Space Launch System no earlier than Feb. 12, 2022, from Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
“For the past several years, NASA and DoD have been working together to develop the procedures and hardware necessary to safely recover Orion, not only after this uncrewed flight, but also for future crewed missions onboard the spacecraft.,” said Melissa Jones, NASA recovery director based out of Exploration Ground Systems at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, in an agency release.
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